Kwikset / Weiser Convert – New Z-Wave Deadbolt Conversion Kit

Kevo-Convert_InteriorKwikset first introduced the bluetooth based Kevo CONVERT deadbolt kit last November 2016 and next month they’re scheduled to debut a Z-wave Version of the CONVERT Lock at ISC West.

Kwikset Convert™ conversion kit is Kwikset’s new Z-Wave™ Smart Lock Conversion Kit. The kit will turn mechanical locks – even non-Kwikset locks – into smart, electronic locks, bringing the convenience of keyless entry and home automation to almost any lock. The new Kwikset Convert will appeal to design-driven homeowners who want a smart lock but also want to maintain the style of the front door or match an existing handle set, and don’t want to change their existing deadbolt or door hardware

Look for Kwikset Convert with Z-Wave Home Connect to be available Q4


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Denon’s New AVR’s

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If you’re in the market for an Audio/Video Receiver you might be tempted by the recent sale prices of some Denon Receivers last month but Denon is clearing their old models out to make room for three new S-Series receivers set to debut in April.

Three new Denon receivers will be released this month including the top of the line flagship AVR-S930H 7.2 with full 4K HD switching, Dolby Atmos and Denon Heos streaming built in.

The entry level AVR-S530BT is a 4K compatible 5.2 channel AVR with 140 watts per channel and five HDMI inputs.

The most intriguing new AVR in the lineup is the mid level AVR-S730, 7.2 Channel, 4K compatible receiver with Dolby Atmos, HDCP 2.2 Six HDMI Inputs and Denon Heos built in.  The S730 is the lowest priced Denon receiver to include HEOS and is controllable through the Denon AVR Remote or Heos App.

Look for the new Denon AVR’s to be available in Canada this Spring.



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Weiser/Kwikset New Signature Series Deadbolt

Kwikset/Weiser will be showing off their new Signature Series Deadbolt locks at ISC West this year.

The New Signature Series Deadbolts come in two styles Round and Square and three color finishes Satin Nickel, Gold and Venetian Bronze.

Signature series locks feature Home Connect Z-wave technology and will pair with most alarm panels and home automation systems enabling you to monitor, lock and unlock the door lock from your smartphone or tablet.

Signature Series deadbolts do not have keypads and therefore are smaller and more discrete than conventional Smart Locks but provide the same wireless access and control through any internet connected device.

Look for Weiser/Kwikset Signature Series locks to become available this summer.


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2Gig’s New Vario Hybrid Alarm Panel

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2Gig will be showing off their new Vario Hybrid Security System with hard wired and wireless sensor and peripheral options at ISC West this year.

Vario has multiple keypad styles, two-way voice capability and a flexible modular design.




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New Flood – Freeze Sensor from Resolution Products

trident-1Resolution Products will be showing off a New Wireless Flood and Freeze Sensor at ISC West this year.  The New Sensor is called the REx18 TRIDENT and comes in wireless versions compatible with most alarm systems including 2GIG, Honeywell, Interlogix (GE) and DSC.

Previous to the Trident most flood sensors required a Wired Probe attached to a transmitter.

What makes the REx18 Trident Sensor unique is it’s fully self contained hockey puck design which incorporates the water probe, temperature sensor, transmitter and battery pack all in one.

Trident-7Previous water sensors were sometimes difficult or awkward to install but the new Trident Sensor is easy to deploy, attractive and can be installed in many more places where conventional wired or tethered water sensor probes just won’t work.  The REx18 Trident Sensor can be wall mounted or just placed on the floor near the area you wish to monitor.

Traditional water sensors will continue to be used concealed places like sump pumps but the Trident Sensor is attractive enough to be used out in the open and looks great beside or underneath, Sinks, Toilets, Bathtubs, Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Washing Machines and Water Heaters.

Trident-6Water damage is among the most costly insurance claims and even a small leak can create thousands of dollars of damage.  Early detection is the key to minimizing and preventing costly water damage from occurring and the new REx18 Trident Sensor is a great way to monitor your home for water leaks and low temperature conditions.

To find out more about the new REx18 Trident Water Sensor visit resolutionproducts or Ion Security


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ISC West 2017

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ISC WEST, North America’s Largest Security Industry Trade Show and Conference is set to kick off April 5-7 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.  Manufacturer’s use the trade show to show off the latest security technologies and launch new products.  With just two weeks before the show, new product announcements have already begun to trickle in from, Resolution Products, 2Gig, Dahua and others.  Stay tuned we’ll bring you all the new tech highlights from the show starting April 5.


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Rogers – Shuts Down Rogers One Number Service

rogers-1Most Rogers customers were unaware of the Free VOIP Service available to them known as Rogers One but I used it frequently when travelling and saved hundreds of dollars on long distance and network charges.

Rogers One Number allowed you to make and receive calls via Wi-Fi on my iPhone but also on my Wi-Fi Only iPad and Laptop. Friends of mine travelled all through Europe for two months using their iPad with Rogers One Number to make and receive calls for Free during their trip.

Rogers One Number will be shut down on January 31st, 2017 and will be replaced by Rogers Share Everything Plans and a relatively new service Wi-Fi Calling.

Wi-Fi Calling sounds similar to Rogers One however it requires you to have an LTE Sim in your phone with some sort of Data Plan.  Wi-Fi calling can be setup right on your phone and doesn’t require an additional app or web portal like Rogers One did.  The beauty of Rogers One was the ability to use Wi-Fi only tablets or laptops to make and receive calls without the added expense of a Cellular Equipped Tablet or additional Data Plan.  The new Wi-Fi Calling service will only work on devices that have Sim Cards.

While most Canadians never used or even heard of Rogers One, those of us that did use this little gem of a service we are going to miss it.  So goes the price of progress and innovation.



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Lutron Smart Connected Lighting Solves Problems


When building a new home or renovating and existing home sometimes the location of the light switches doesn’t work well or efficiently and changes need to be made.  Moving hard wired light switches can be costly but sometimes using wireless Smart Light Switches like Lutron’s Caseta and Radio Ra can solve the problems economically without the expense of ripping open walls and costly re-wiring.

We recently met a home owner who wanted to automate their kitchen cabinet lights and outdoor lights along with adding a three way switch for the garage interior lights.

img_5152The kitchen lights were wired to a single gang double switch along with two other light switches into a 3 gang box.  The outside lights were wired as a traditional 3-way hardwire configuration and the garage lights were wired on a single gang on/off switch.  The home was brand new and the basement was finished so re-wiring the hard wired switches was not an option.

Doyle from Ion Security was hired and tasked with the plan of Automating the Kitchen and Exterior Lights and making the garage lights work on 3-way switch.  No additional wiring was to be added and all the all the new switches had to fit into the existing wall boxes.

img_5179Using Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches along with an Ion Smart Home Control Panel, Doyle was able to configure the kitchen lighting to provide Smart Lighting Control to the kitchen under cabinet lights.  Some minor rewiring and the installation of a Lutron Caseta Smart Hub Pro, Light Module and Pico controller enabled the home owner to control the under cabinet lighting with the wall mounted switch in addition to having the lights automatically turn on and off on a schedule as well as be activated by a motion sensor through the Ion Smart Home Alarm System.

The next job was to automate the outside lights.  Once again replacing the existing 3-way switch with a Lutron Smart Switch and Pico allowed Doyle to integrate the outside lights into the alarm system and then automate them to work with schedules, rules and even turn on automatically if the security system is triggered.

The last problem to tackle was the installation of a 3-way switch to control the garage lighting where no 3-way switch or 3-way wiring existed.  Using a Lutron Caseta Smart Switch and 4 Button Pico Controller.  Ion was able to convert the existing single pole switch into a 3-way switch and thanks to the 4 button Pico controller both the outside lights (also a 3 way) and the inside garage lights were able to be controlled by a single 4 button switch inside a single gang junction box.

img_5162Once all the Lutron Smart Switches were installed they were PAIRED with the Alarm System and automation rules and schedules were set up to allow the home owner to automate their lights and save energy costs.

With the Ion Smart Home Alarm system the kitchen lights turn on automatically in the morning when the motion sensor is activated and then turn off automatically once the sun comes up.  The outside lights turn on at sunset and off at dusk and the Garage Lights and Kitchen lights automatically turn on when the home owner approaches the home or when the garage door is opened.  The Ion Smart Home Alarm panel knows when it is daylight or night and also knows when the home is occupied or empty and adjusts the lights and schedules to maximize energy savings. One additional feature of the integrated Smart Lighting is the ability for the Alarm System to Turn ON the lights in the event of a Fire or Burglar Alarm.

Smart Lighting and Home Automation can be complicated and confusing.  If you would like more information on affordable, hassle free Home Automation and Smart Lighting that just works, give Ion Security a call 780-489-5522.



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Panasonic Revamps Lumix Lens Lineup @ CES2017

lumix-12-16Panasonic introduced a new 12mm-60mm, f/2.8-4 Power O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds lens at CES this year.

This lens perfect for shooters looking a high quality all-in-one lens for their micro four thirds camera.  I just purchased a new Panasonic G4 last month and can’t wait to get my hands on this new lens.

Specs for the new lens include a 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, high quality Leica optics, fast F2.8-4 aperture and Nano Surface Coating.

Scheduled release date for the new lens is Q2, 2017 along with updates to some other lenes included the 12-35mm, 35-100mm and 45-200mm.  Panasonic’s long awaited GH5 was also on display at CES this year and should also be released in Q2

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D-Link’s New Whole House Wi-Fi System

covrD-Link’s trying to make extending the Wi-Fi network in your home a little simpler and easier with their new Covr Wi-Fi System (DKT-883) and the Covr PowerLine Wi-Fi System (DHP-W732AV)

The Covr Wi-Fi System is simple to set up and provides a powerful high performance router along with a matched,  pre-configured Wireless Access Point (WAP).

The benefit of the Covr system is the seamless integration of WAP and PowerLine extenders to create a network with the same SSID that’s easy to set up and administer while supplying superior 2.4 and 5Ghz coverage.

Look for D-Links DKT-883 Covr Wi-Fi Kit to be available Q2, 2017 for a MSRP of $299 USD.

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